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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Combination of Talents :: Fused Glass Art + Photography

Even though it isn't even the New Year yet I am already working on my resolutions and yesterday I began taking wonderful fresh photographs of all my pieces. One of my big business goals of 2009 for Sassy Glass Studio is to have all my pieces available for sale on Etsy and to create a portfolio of my work. The portfolio will serve several important purposes, all of which will help me easily share my art with more people. Over the summer I exhibited my art at art shows and had a number of people comment that I should sell my art in shops or contact interior decorators and show them my work, but I didn't have a really good way to show anyone my art. This led to the realization that I needed to design a catalog/portfolio to showcase my art. The portfolio would be easy to take with me to a shop or office and allow me to show the different types of fused glass art I create. I can always make another appointment to bring some pieces in for a more physical examination, but I believe the portfolio will really help me get my foot in the door. So, this is why I put on my ALM Photo photographer hat and had Allan help me set up the light table and lights out in the photography studio yesterday.
Allan had already convinced me to leave my "shop" set up from the Open House until I needed to take my inventory somewhere, like to an @ Home Show or an art show, rather than box everything up where nobody can see it. Since the actual Open House, I have had a number of folks just drop by to see my one-of-a-kind fused glass art and make some purchases so I am not at all eager to put it all up any time soon. Most of all, having all my pieces out will make it a whole lot easier to access them to take the photographs. By the way, if you would like to come and check out the Sassy Glass Studio "shop", give me a call or e-mail me and we can arrange a time to meet. Please help me get the word out about Sassy Glass Studio and pass this information on to any shops or interior decorators you think may be interested in selling Sassy Glass Studio's one-of-a-kind fused glass art.
BLOG BONUS: Now through March 31st, 2009, you will receive a credit equal to 10% of the total purchase of any new customer you refer to Sassy Glass Studio. Simply make sure your friend or family member mentions your name to me at the time of purchase.
A Sassy thank you to everyone who has helped me get through this first year in business. It has been an awesome adventure and I wish you all a Happy New Year!!
Here are a couple of photographs from the first session:
If you are in need of professional photography in the Knoxville, TN area please contact Allan and Lisa Mueller of ALM Photo.
***Attention Artists: Do you need fresh images for your website, Etsy (or other on-line shop), art show applications or marketing materials? If so, contact ALM Photo for information on our special "artists only" packages.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Sassy Glass Studio :: Last Minute Shopping!

Do you still have some Christmas shopping that needs to be done? Looking for the perfect one-of-a-kind gift for that special someone? Trying to avoid shopping at the mall and box stores? If you answered "yes" to one or more of these questions then I have fabulous news for you. The shop is still open at Sassy Glass Studio! Call us at 865-406-3870 to let us know you'd like to stop by and enjoy some stress-free shopping with ample parking. Gift wrapping is also available for a nominal fee.

Guys...we have a lot of great gift ideas for the ladies in your life (wives, girlfriends, moms, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, and friends) and Allan would be more than happy to help you shop for them. He's great at picking out just the right pieces.
We'll be open through Christmas Eve at 4pm! There's something Sassy for everyone!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Christmas Shopping Sassy Glass Studio Style

There are only 12 more shopping days until Christmas...maybe even less by the time you read this. Have you put off your holiday shopping because it is a daunting task lacking excitement or are you just a procrastinator who always waits until the very last minute? Either way, Sassy Glass Studio is here to rescue you from the ordinary with extraordinary Christmas gift ideas. If you weren't able to attend the Sassy Glass Studio Open House this past week it's still not too late to find a unique gift that is sure to be treasured for it's originality and thoughtfulness. Here are some items you might wish to consider...
Check out the Sassy Glass Studio shop or contact us to host a Sassy Glass Studio @ Home Show and earn free fused glass art.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sassy Glass Studio Newsletter :: December 2008

The December issue of "All Things Sassy!" is now available! Click on the image below to view full-size. Don't forget to stop by the Sassy Glass Studio 4 Day Open House this week! Lots of fabulous fused glass art, perfect for Christmas gift giving! Follow this blog (link on right-hand side under Sassy Followers) and be eligible to win a fused glass pendant each month beginning in January well as stay up-to-date on all things Sassy! Share the newsletter with your friends and family...Sassify the World!
Sassy Glass Studio has a great selection of Christmas gifts and there is sure to be something Sassy in every budget! Check out the shop today or stop by the Open House this week!

Merry Christmas from
Sassy Glass Studio!!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Sassy Glass Studio :: Open House Preparation

It's been a very busy couple of weeks for Sassy Glass Studio as the first Open House draws near. Inventory created, house cleaned, table set-up, columns moved, trees decorated, and cookies baked...and so much more! The dining room and living room have been undergone a tremendous transformation and been converted into a fabulous shop. The Open House is a four day event beginning December 11 and ending December 14. The Open House is four hours each day so everyone should be able to fit a visit into their busy schedule. Everyone is invited to stop by and see Sassy Glass Studio's one-of-a-kind fused glass art and perhaps pick up a couple of unique Christmas gifts. Tell anyone you think may be interested. Orders for custom creations will be taken through the end of the Open House for delivery by Christmas in the Knoxville area. Please click on the image of the invitation to view full-size. Call if you need directions or have any questions.
There will also be flirty and fabulous jewelry by MJ Borden Designs and photographic prints by ALM Photo available for sale during the Open House.

There's something Sassy for everyone!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

March of the Sassy Glass Studio Penguins- Part II

The fused glass penguins are home from their stint adorning the Christmas tree in the Santa Hats booth at Fantasy of Trees and eager to be adopted. The penguins are about 4 inches tall and have either a red or green scarf. Each one has a loop for hanging. These little guys are perfect for the tree or as an accent to a wreath or swag. You could get totally crazy and hang one around your neck like a pendant, but that would be your call.
There are only sixteen (16) 2008 Limited Edition Fantasy of Trees penguins remaining (as of this moment). Please contact me immediately to purchase your penguins for $25. They will go quickly at the Home Shows and Open House. You will not find anything like these ornaments in a store. These are one-of-a-kind fused glass art and I will not be creating any more at this amazingly low price.
I almost forgot...There are also snowflakes available too. There are quite a few clear sparkly snowflakes available for $10 and $15 depending on size.

Me posing with the penguins at the Fantasy of Trees gala

Is this not the cutest penguin ever?
Amanda gives a penguin a loving home. Lucky guy!!
The penguins and snowflakes sparkling and shimmering

Click on image to view full-size
Don't forget to swing by the Sassy Glass Studio Open House and check out all the new pieces I have been creating. Lots of great gift ideas with prices ranging from $10 ornaments to $200 art panels. Custom creation orders will be taken through the end of the Open House for completion and local Knoxville delivery by Christmas Eve. I hope to see you next week!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Sassy Glass Studio :: Thankful Collection 2008

Thankful Collection 2008
Platter $52
Vase $26
Coasters $28
Sassy Glass Studio recently created a new collection just in time for Thanksgiving...literally. I took these pieces out of the kiln on Thanksgiving morning which was a little late for this year's celebration but early enough for next year's turkey dinner. The collection includes a 12 inch square sushi platter, a set of four coasters and a vase/votive holder/serving bowl. I had designed the platter a week or so ago using autumn shades of red, orange and yellow. It is terrific eye-catching color combination that is sure to look great on any table at any time of the year.
Sassy Glass Studio accepts MC/Visa/Checks/Cash and can custom create pieces in your choice of colors.

Check out the Sassy Glass Studio shop for many great Christmas gift ideas.
There's something Sassy for everyone!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

March of the Sassy Glass Studio Penguins

The penguins started with a plan and a design. The plan was to create fused glass penguins to decorate the tree in the Santa Hats kid's creativity area at Fantasy of Trees. My husband, Allan, and I are co-chairs for this particular area and I wanted our requisite Christmas tree to be extra special. The penguin design needed to be rather simplistic as I would have to cut the penguin body parts freehand. I chose the penguin above as the basic design and decided to to cut the black body parts as three sections: a half circle for the lower body, a triangle for the mid body and "arms" and a circle for the head. The entire penguin is about 4 inches long, so none of the parts are especially big. The white body parts were cut as two separate pieces- the head and the body. The last pieces are the two small triangles that form the feet.

The penguin body parts were assembled in the kiln and fired to a full fuse.

Once out of the kiln, the penguins were washed to remove any shelf paper residue.

The penguins faces were hand-painted using glass paints. Special care was taken to give the penguins a happy face.

Here are penguins waiting to be placed in the oven to set their painted faces.

After the penguins were placed in the oven for 40 minutes at 325 degrees their painted faces were permanent and their scarves were tied on and a dab of hot glue was added to make sure the scarves stayed put.

This penguin is awaiting the glue gun to fasten his scarf.

The penguins are ready to go to Fantasy of Trees.

The penguins are a wonderful addition to the Santa Hats Christmas tree. I also crafted the snowflakes on the tree.
The cute little penguins finally made their way to their destination. Time to party!
The penguin project was a lot of fun, but after handcrafting nineteen penguins I am pretty sure I will consider this a limited edition. Each of the penguins is $25 and they will be available for sale at the end of Fantasy of Trees on November 30th.
Please visit the shop for more Sassy Glass Studio one-of-a-kind fused glass art!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Go Ahead...Make My Day!

This is the kind of stuff that makes my day:

"Oh, my goodness! This plate is so gorgeous!! It arrived, well packed and safe--it will be wonderful on my Christmas table. It's even more beautiful that I thought it would be. Thanks!!"

This is my first feedback on an Etsy sale and I had to share it because it made me realize all the hours spent alone in the studio, the effort I take to accurately list my items, the care with which I package them for shipping, and the bleeding is all totally worth while.
Don't you want to make my day? If so, check out the Sassy Glass Studio shop.
Thank you, Elena for making my day!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Sassy Glass Studio @ Home Show- Jacksonville, FL

Sassy Glass Studio went on the road this weekend to Jacksonville for an @ Home Show with Carol LeTard. The drive to Florida is always interesting and I decided to make a little game for the drive: Five Things. I was to decide on five things that characterized the drive. Not necessarily descriptive words, just whatever would make me think of this trip again. Here are my Five Things:
1. Gas for $1.94
2. Cotton bolls
3. Mistletoe
4. Rock and roll
5. Billboards advertising strippers

I didn't really think it was necessary to advertise strippers, but apparently the economy is affecting everyone these days. Driving affords me the opportunity to do a lot of thinking, especially when I am alone. And I get to hear things I wouldn't during a normal day, like NPR, local coverage of high school football and a lot of country music. I don't really know how to hook my iPod up and I didn't get to the library to check-out any books-on-CD so I was at the mercy of the radio dial for my vocal entertainment. It wasn't bad, just unpredictable. By the time I would find something tolerable to listen to, the signal went all static and I had to go on another push-button adventure to locate some good rock and roll. Ahh, nothing like a little AC/DC to get your mind off of another 5 hours behind the wheel.
So, between the Five Things and an interrupted audible entertainment, I was able to survive the drive and enjoy the wide open road. Me, the magical Prius and load of one-of-a-kind fused glass art...on the road again!
The Sassy Glass Studio @ Home Show was a great success and I must thank Carol for her hospitality, Internet connectivity, biscuits, helping hands and keeping cold beer in the fridge. The next trip can't come soon enough!
Here are a couple of photographs from the Show.

Contact Lisa at Sassy Glass Studio to schedule your @ Home Show today!